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Classic 1970s Afro Hairstyles

Made popular by the African-American community of the late 1960s, the Afro hairstyle is often shaped and maintained with a wide-toothed comb known as an Afro pick. The Afro, also known as a 'fro or a "natural", is a hairstyle worn naturally by people with kinky hair texture or specifically styled by individuals with naturally curly or straight hair.

In 1971 Melba Tolliver, a WABC-TV correspondent, made national headlines when she wore an afro while covering the wedding of Tricia Nixon Cox, daughter of President Richard Nixon. The station threatened to take Tolliver off of the air until the story caught national attention.

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Woman standing outside the Sears Tower (now Willis Tower), c.1975, Chicago.

Circassian Beauty In the 1860s, P.T. Barnum exhibited women whom he claimed were Circassian beauties. They wore a distinctive Afro hair style and were known as “moss haired girls.” Circassian beauties were typically presented as victims of sexual enslavement among the Turks, who had escaped from the harem to achieve freedom in America.

San Francisco, 1975 By Leon Levinstein

AFROS: A Celebration of Natural Hair


Donna Alexander — The first African-American Breck Girl (1974)

Mavis Staples — Gorgeous!